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Sevier County Juneteenth celebration to be held at SCPLS King Family Library
June 7, 2023

SEVIER COUNTY -- In June, the public is invited to celebrate a special holiday, Juneteenth. Juneteenth, the newest United States federal holiday to be celebrated annually, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.

On Monday, June 19, at 5:00 pm (doors open to the public) you are invited to join other celebrants at the SCPLS King Family Library to learn more about African Americans and their influence in Sevier County over the years.

Highlighted sessions during the program include a traditional food-tasting event and live music by the Chandler Family Singers!

The schedule of sessions includes:

• 5:30-6:30 pm – Local African American Traditional Recipes, Storytelling, and Sample Tasting Menu with Jamesena Miller & Carroll McMahan
• 6:45-7:30 pm – Negro Spiritual & Contemporary Black Gospel Concert by the Chandler Family Singers led by Nicole Hendricks

The Juneteenth program is open to the public but registration is required to partake of the local African American Traditional sample tasting session. Menu items to be sampled during the event include:

• Chicken & Dumplings
• Blackberry Cobbler
• Pinto Beans
• Cornbread
• Whole Hog BBQ
• Pork Rinds

To register for the food sample tasting session, please call the King Family Library at 865-453-3532 or sign up at the Circulation Desk at the King Family Library, 408 High Street, in Sevierville.

In addition to the events at the library, the public is also invited to attend the launch of a new brochure detailing the African American influence on downtown architecture led by Carroll McMahan. If attending this session, please meet at the kiosk beside the Dolly Parton statue on the lawn of the Sevier County Courthouse.

Special acknowledgement and appreciation are extended to the Sevier County MLK Celebration Committee, Tennessee State Bank, Mayor Larry Waters, Sevierville Chamber of Commerce, and the King Family Library Rel & Wilma Maples History Center for their generosity and support.

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